Oklahoma Spotlight

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With the next Certified Healthy Oklahoma application period expected to open this August, now is a great time to become more familiar with the application and prepare to start or continue conversations with local organizations. certified-healthy

We spoke with Holly Gordon, a TSET Healthy Living Program grantee, to learn what she is doing at the local level to get more businesses, communities, schools, restaurants, campuses, early childhood programs, and congregations certified. As a Healthy Living Consultant at Gateway to Prevention and Recovery in Pottawatomie County, she can help a school, business, or nonprofit with their policies.

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logoInterview: Starting the conversation about the Certified Healthy program

Says Holly, “The Certified Healthy application is like a checklist – many organizations are already doing things on the application that they don’t think about [as health programs or policies].” Here are her tips for supporting local organizations in applying.

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On March 16, 2016, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) joined thousands of youth and health advocates nationwide in a stand against Big Tobacco for “Kick Butts Day 2016”. Kick Butts Day has served as a national day of recognition aimed at raising awareness to the health and financial burden tobacco use places upon states and communities across the United States. It also urges elected officials to protect kids from tobacco by taking action and encourages youth to reject the tobacco industry’s deceptive marketing by remaining tobacco-free. To show support, the Center for the Advancement of Wellness sponsored an agency-wide tobacco trivia awareness activity on the agency’s communication network IRENE. We spoke with Chantel Hartman, Tobacco Use Prevention Coordinator at the Center for the Advancement of Wellness, for a quick Q&A about Kick Butts Day 2016.

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For more information on National Kick Butts Day in Oklahoma or information on how to quit smoking please call the OSDH Center for the Advancement of Wellness at 405-271-3619 or visit http://www.kickbuttsday.org/

Recap of Oklahoma Kick Butts Day Activities

On March 16, youth at the Tinker Youth Center on Tinker Air Force Base revealed the deadly effects of tobacco by creating and displaying tombstones at the entrance of the center. Time: 2 PM. Location: 4460 McNarney Avenue, Tinker Air Force Base. Contact: Janice Dojcak (405) 834-1137.

On March 16, the Fort Sill School Age Center Youth took a stand against tobacco with a kickball tournament and educational games at the Fort Sill School Age Center. Time: 4 PM. Location: 6599 Lucas Avenue, Fort Sill. Contact: Robin Garrett (580) 583-9731.

On March 30, Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) hosted a Kick Butts 5K walk/run family event at Rattan Public School to raise awareness about tobacco use in the community. The event was hosted in partnership with the Turning Point Coalition and TSET Healthy Living Program. Time: 2:15 PM. Location: 110 West Main Street, Rattan. Contact: Vicki Brandon (580) 298-7069.

On April 2, Jackson County Tobacco Education Committee and Jackson County Community Health Action Team hosted a 2nd annual kickball tournament at City of Altus Ballpark to celebrate tobacco-free living. Time: 8:45 AM. Location: Katy Drive, Altus. Contact: Victoria Cleveland (806) 559-6845.

Check out Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids press release to learn more!

Did your community participate in Kick Butts Day 2016?

If so, tell us how it went on the forum!

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Holly Gordon (Gateway to Prevention and Recovery, Pottawatomie County), Amber Benard-Davis (Mayor of Earlsboro), Audrey Seeliger (Avedis Foundation), Kate Joyce (Shawnee Senior Center Director) celebrate wellness at the annual Certified Healthy Oklahoma Awards and Luncheon. Photo credit: Holly Gordon.

At the Certified Healthy Oklahoma Awards and Luncheon on March 2, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma, over 1200 attendees celebrated the organizations that are the true pioneers making Oklahoma a healthier place to live, work, learn, and play. The Certified Healthy program recognizes organizations that voluntarily go beyond the norm in both policy and practice to promote wellness, encourage the adoption of healthy behaviors and establish safe and supportive environments.

After the luncheon, we sat down for a Q&A with Holly Gordon, Healthy Living Consultant at Gateway to Prevention and Recovery in Pottawatomie County (TSET Healthy Living Program grantee).

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Learn more about Certified Healthy here, tell us which Certified Healthy victories you are especially proud of in the Forum (login required) , or join the Certified Healthy group  (login required) to receive program updates, ask questions, and discuss strategies for promoting the program.

Want to learn more about the Certified Healthy program?

Click here for Certified Healthy Oklahoma program information and fact sheets.

Check out these tips for getting started from Woodward County – and share your own!  (login required)

Click here to read part 2 of this interview with ideas for getting schools and businesses interested in Certified Healthy!

To receive updates on who is applying for Certified Healthy Oklahoma and discuss strategies for promoting the program to the eligible sectors, join the Certified Healthy Oklahoma group.  (login required)

About Holly Gordon

Holly has been involved with the Certified Healthy program since House Bill 2774, the Certified Healthy Schools and Communities Act, passed in 2010. At that time, she worked with the Certified Healthy Schools advisory board to create the criteria for Certified Healthy schools. More recently, as Program Coordinator at Gateway to Prevention and Recovery in Pottawatomie County, Holly sees herself as a consultant who can help a school, business, nonprofit, or community incorporate best practices into their policies. Connect with Holly (@hgordon) on OK In the Know!


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